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The Twin Cities Hoopathon was founded in 1997 by B.J. Viau and family of Apple Valley, Minnesota. Huntington’s Disease has affected B.J.’s mother, Debbie, his grandfather and great-grandmother. BJ and his sister Emily, are also at risk. The event has grown from a small family and friends gathering, into an afternoon of 500+ people and over $40,000 raised annually.
The Viau’s attended a Hoop-A-Thon in 1996 hosted by the HD MN chapter and after the event B.J. with his love for basketball asked Bryan, his father, if they could host their own event. The next year the Viau’s put in about two weeks of planning and told family, friends and whoever would listen to come to the event. About 50 people were in attendance and almost $6,000 raised. The Viau’s realized that if they raise that much with two weeks of planning, then next year they would add more activities and create an even more successful event.